TEACHER ENRICHMENT INITIATIVES

Activity 3A: Vessels by Design: Basic Vessel Anatomy

Part 1 Layers of the Blood Vessels Organizer: A graphic organizer of the blood vessel layers with explanations of the structure and function of each layer will be created by students.

Part 2 Structure and Function of Blood Vessels Concept Map and Venn Diagram: Students will then be able to describe the structure and function of different blood vessels by using images to complete a concept map and Venn diagram. In groups, students will be able to compare cross section images of veins, arteries, and capillaries. Students will have the opportunity to identify and observe the differences of the blood vessel layers and describe them in their graphic organizer.

Part 3 Blood Flow Mat: A kinesthetic activity will be used to help students observe the inner workings of the blood vessels to further help define the structure and function of veins, arteries, and capillaries and to explore pulmonary and systemic circulation.

Objectives: 
  • Identify the different parts of veins, arteries, and capillaries
  • Identify and describe the function and structure of each blood vessel layer
  • Define critical attributes of veins, arteries, and capillaries through observations
  • Describe how the structure of blood vessels allows them to do their job(s)
  • Compare and contrast structure and function of veins, arteries, and capillaries
  • Describe how the circulatory and respiratory systems are interdependent
  • Describe pulmonary and systemic circulation in the human body

 

Keywords: 

Vein, arteries, artery, capillary, capillaries, blood vessel, circulatory system, respiratory system, pulmonary circulation, systemic circulation

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Activity Code: 
3A
Unit Reference: 
Inflamm-O-Wars: Silent Battles within Your Cardiovascular System
Lesson Reference: 
Lesson 3: Tubular, Dude!: Exploring Blood Vessels